One Can Always Hope…

Giants win the Super Bowl… Totally sucks… It could have been us… It should have been us!

Anyway, time to move forward…. Saw this on ESPN and thought I’d share it here:

SportsCenter posed the question: “Which team that missed the playoffs has the best chance of winning Super Bowl XLVII?”

Analyst Tim Hasselbeck’s answer: The Dallas Cowboys.

“Lot of talent on that football team,” Hasselbeck said. “Miles Austin not injured. Defense, another year with Rob Ryan. I think the Cowboys could be that team. … Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo. They have the best shot.”

Herm Edwards’ prediction: “Fly Eagles Fly.”

There’s always gotta be one rotten apple… What the hell does Edwards know…

Monday is the first day teams can begin cutting players… Woohoo… See ya Terence Newman…


Last Mock Off Season Of January 2012

I have been busy with my off season addiction of researching free agents and draft hopefuls again. Right now I am knee deep in mock drafts and have completed a few complete off seasons as well. I am also currently finishing up my defensive analysis, which I will post in a couple days before leaving for Florida to work for a bit. Here is the last off season mock I made and posted on my Facebook page a couple days ago. Keep in mind this is just fantasy, but I try to be as realistic as possible, keeping in mind salary CAP and position needs as well as player availability both in free agency and each round of the draft. I do this for fun and hopefully you all will have some fun reading this and coming up with your own ideas as well. It’s a long off season and we have to keep busy some how. Enjoy…
I want to preface this one by acknowledging the fact that there is no way to make everyone happy. The moves (or non-moves) in this one that people will complain about is not resigning Laurent Robinson and Tony Fiammetta. Also, not having better depth behind Victor Butler and Bruce Carter, so this one is a gamble. Then again, aren’t they all? Let me explain my thoughts before getting into free agents signed and the draft.

In this scenario, Laurent Robinson finds a much higher payday than Dallas is willing to shell out for it’s 4th option on offense, and decides it’s a much better idea to fortify other positions with that money. As for Fiammetta, his health concerns cause Jerry to wait until camp to see if he is an absolute need. There is no doubt, his blocking skills were directly related to Murray’s rookie success, so this one will be closely monitored. For now, the money is used to backup Romo, with the economical choice of Brady Quinn. Anthony Spencer finds a Chris Canty-like deal that is too rich for the Cowboys blood and Ryan decides he can roll with Victor Butler and a new young player from the draft. This decision also indirectly influences the first round pick in the draft.

Free Agents Signed:

Carl Nicks OG 7 years $57 million with $15 million signing bonus (contract comparable to former Saint’s teammate Jahri Evans)

This is the big move of the year. Nicks will pair with Tyron Smith to protect Romo’s blindside, giving him the time needed to make the critical reads.

Richard Marshall CB 6 years $28 million with $10 million guaranteed (contract similar to Scandrick’s)

Marshall was named defense MVP by Arizona Cardinal’s DC Ray Horton.He is a solid cover corner and tackles well. He was also used at safety last year when FS Kerry Rhodes was sidelined with a foot injury. Richard will come in and compete with Orlando Scandrick for a starting spot.

Thomas DeCoud FS 6 years $25 million with $8 million guaranteed (contract similar to Sensebaugh’s)

DeCoud became a solid starter in Atlanta, but became a CAP casualty with so many other priorities and William Moore as a fallback option. This is an upgrade for the Dallas secondary compared to resigning Elam to play SS and Sensebugh to stay at FS.

Brady Quinn QB 3 years $8 million with $4 million guaranteed

There are quite a few options here at this price, but Quinn is my flavor of the week. I could also see Chad Henne getting a look here.


2012 Dallas Cowboys Draft:

1. Devon Still DT/DE Penn State

Still is currently the 10th rated player and top rated DT in this years draft. I could also see Quinton Coples or Michael Brockers going here. The idea behind this pick is that I believe Courtney Upshaw will be gone by the 14th pick (probably to Buffalo at 10) and the dline has been ignored for years. If you watch today’s NFL QB’s against a 3-4 defense, most are aware of the edge rushers (OLB’s) and step up into the pocket to avoid pressure. If the pressure is also coming from the inside, it’s a different ballgame. Ratliff at NT and Hatcher and Still at DE, combined with Butler and Ware on the outside could be the upgrade in pressure that we’ve been lacking since the switch to a 3-4.

2. Ben Jones C/G Georgia

Jones is the second rated center in this year’s draft, but the perfect fir for Garrett’s offense. Ben is versatile, smart and strong. When asked what his greatest asset was at the senior bowl, his response was “My intelligence, I’m a smart guy. I can get the whole offensive line on the same page and I’m tough as hell.” One of our oline weaknesses for years was that the center doesn’t make the line adjustments. Kosier has been that guy and with age and injuries catching up to Kyle, Jones would be the perfect choice for the future at center.

3. Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina

Norman caught the attention of scouts at the senior bowl. Although a small school player, his height, (6’2”) physicality, smoothness and great hands make him an intriguing prospect and worth the 3rd round grade he is currently receiving from most draft sights. Josh could be the steal of the draft and everyone knows Jerry likes to gamble on players with high upside to make him look like a genius.

4. T.Y. Hilton WR/PR Florida International

Hilton is another small school athlete with tremendous upside. He could potentially replace Laurent Robinson’s void as the 4th offensive option as well as provide a legitimate weapon on punt returns, finally keeping starting WR Dez Bryant off special teams. Although small in stature, (5’10” 185lbs.) T.Y.’s straight line speed, hands and elusiveness make him a weapon defenses must account for at all times.

4. (comp pick for Stephen Bowen) Tank Carder ILB TCU

Depth is needed on the inside after losing former starters Keith Brooking and Bradie James. Tank is a tough, physical player with great tackling technique. Carder was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive year in 2011.

5. Jack Crawford DE/OLB Penn State

Crawford is the second Penn State player taken in this draft and would be the third Nitny Lion on the 2012 defense joining starter Sean Lee and first round pick Devon Still. I really like his size for the position. (6’5” 270 lbs.) Crawford has tremendous work-ethic and energy and could be counted on for significant contributions during his rookie season rotating with Victor Butler on the strong side.

6. Beau Reliford TE Florida State

If Jerry doesn’t get caught up in the en-vogue two-tight end receiver option, Beau could be the cheaper solid blocking tight end needed after losing head-case Martellus Bennett to free agency. Reliford is a former basketball all-star and has the size (6’5” 260 lbs.) and athletic ability (like Bennett) to excel in Garrett’s offense.

7. Emil Igwenagu FB Massachusetts

Choosing not to resign Fiammetta right away and the slow progress of last year’s draft pick, Sean Chapas, leaves a void in the lead blocking department, which is essential to the health of the running game in Garrett’s 90’s style offense. With few teams looking for traditional fullbacks in this new era of passing prominence, Igwenagu has the receiving skills to do damage on the perimeter when not blasting holes in the running game. He was also voted team captain in 2011, something JG holds to a high regard.


Even a broken clock is right twice a day!

It has been largely discussed and argued whether or not Jerry Jones is to blame for the Cowboys failures over the years. I’ve read that the blame goes to the Cowboys coaches. I’ve read the blame goes to the players. I’ve read that the blame goes to Jerry Jones for not having a true football person in charge instead of Jones doing it himself.  I’ve also read that maybe the Cowboys just aren’t as talented as many make them out to be especially in recent years. Maybe it’s a combination of all these things, but the truth is that the Cowboys are no closer to a championship now than they were ten years ago or even five years ago.

In this writers opinion it’s time for Jerry Jones to give up his power and hire a true football person to run the show in Dallas. When Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys in 1989 and hired Jimmy Johnson it was Johnson who had all the power with football decisions. Bill Parcells had some of the power when he was the coach. All other years it was Jerry Jones making the decisions. Taking a look over the years since Jones has been the owner shows me that the Cowboys enjoyed success when a true football person was running the show. I understand that teams have coaches and scouts that are involved in football operations, but there needs to be more as far as talent evaluating. People like Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells and Ernie Accorsi to name a few were great when they were in football. Others like Bill Belichick and Jerry Reese are the ones making a difference currently.  I also understand that not every draft pick is going to be a success in the NFL, but you need to be more right than wrong while trying to build a championship team. With that being said let’s take a look at some things while Jerry Jones has been the owner.

With Jimmy Johnson as the head coach and in charge of football decisions he pulled off the mega trade that sent Herschel Walker to the Vikings for five players and eight draft picks. It’s true that the players that came from the Vikings didn’t amount to much, but I think Johnson knew that when making the deal. It was the draft picks he wanted.  During the Jimmy Johnson era here are some of the picks for the Cowboys…Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, Mark Stepnoski, Tony Tolbert, Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Alvin Harper, Dixon Edwards, Erik Williams, Leon Lett, Larry Brown, Kevin Smith, Robert Jones, Darren Woodson, Kevin Williams and Darrin Smith. Johnson also drafted Jimmy Smith, but after being plagued by injuries early in his career Johnson had no choice but to let him go. Of course Smith went on to have a great career with Jacksonville.

To go along with the blockbuster Herschel Walker trade in 1989  Jimmy Johnson also traded quarterback Steve Walsh to the Saints in 1990 for a 1st and 3rd round pick in 1991 as well as a 2nd round pick in 1992. Johnson also moved up four spots in the 1990 draft with Pittsburgh to select Emmitt Smith and all he gave up was a 3rd round pick. Of course there was the Charles Haley trade which some people say was the final piece of the puzzle in 1992. Johnson traded a 2nd round pick in 1993 and a 3rd round pick in 1994 to the 49ers to acquire Haley.

With all these moves for the Cowboys and all the draft picks that started to work out, Jimmy Johnson built a powerful team in Dallas that won back to back Super Bowls in 1992 and 1993. It was after the 1993 season when the relationship between Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones went bad and Johnson stepped down as the head coach. Some believe that Jones didn’t like that it was Johnson getting the headlines and the credit and wanted to prove to the world that he could continue the Cowboys success without Johnson.

After Jimmy Johnson rode off into the sunset with his two world championships Jerry Jones went to work as the man in charge. The Cowboys did win the Super Bowl again in 1995, which only made Jones believe more that he was able to run the team. But the 1995 team was still pretty much Jimmy Johnson’s Cowboys and even with Barry Switzer as head coach it was the players who made that one last run and won Super Bowl XXX against the Steelers.

From 1994 to 2002 Jerry Jones went through three head coaches in Switzer, Chan Gailey and Dave Campo. In those years the Cowboys went just 4-4 in the playoffs and also missed the playoffs four of the nine seasons. They also suffered through three straight 5-11 seasons under Dave Campo from 200-2002. The talent level also dropped dramatically during these seasons with draft picks like Shante Carver, Sherman Williams, Kendall Watkins, Charlie Williams, Eric Bjornson, Kavika Pittman, Clay Shiver, Stepfret Williams, David LaFleur, Ebenezer Ekuban, Solomon Page, Dwayne Goodrich, Kareem Larrimore, Quincy Carter, Tony Dixon, Matt Lehr, Jamar Martin and Pete Hunter. Of course a few picks did work out during these seasons like Larry Allen, Randall Godfrey, Dexter Coakley, Greg Ellis, Flozell Adams, Roy Williams and Andre Gurode, but the bad outweighed the good which is why the success of the Cowboys suffered.

Jerry Jones did bring in some players through Free Agency from 1994 through 2002 that made a difference in Deion Sanders, Rocket Ismail and La’Roi Glover. Jones also brought in players like Bryant Westbrook and Tony Banks that never worked out for the Cowboys. He also traded for Terry Glenn from the Packers that made sense at the time. But he also made a head scratching trade for Joey Galloway in 2000 in which he gave up a 1st round pick in 2000 and 1st round pick in 2001 to Seattle.

Bill Parcells agreed to be the Cowboys next head coach after the 2002 season. With a resume that included two Super Bowl titles with the NY Giants as well as turning the Patriots around and reaching the Super Bowl in 1996. Then turning the NY Jets around and getting them to the AFC Championship in 1998. Parcells was a winner and Jerry Jones was looking to get the Cowboys back on track. Although Parcells had the power to make player decisions, Jerry Jones was not about to give up all his power. Parcells was the Cowboys head coach from 2003 to 2006 and in those years the Cowboys did improve their play. The made the playoffs two out of the four seasons under Parcells, but never won a playoff game. Parcells brought in some quality players for the Cowboys in Terence Newman, Jason Witten, Bradie James, DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears and Marion Barber. There were also some draft picks that never worked out for the Cowboys like Al Johnson, Julius Jones, Jacob Rodgers, Stephen Peterman and Bobby Carpenter. Jerry Jones once again brought in a few good players through Free Agency like Matt McBriar, Mark Colombo and Kyle Kosier. Jones also brought in Terrell Owens in 2006, which did work for a while, but I don’t think Parcells was ever happy with that decision. Bill Parcells stepped down as head coach after the 2006 season with a 34-30 record. The Cowboys were playing better and had made some great strides while Parcells was there, but they still were not able to reach elite status like when Jimmy Johnson was there.

Jerry Jones hired Wade Phillips as the Cowboys next head coach in 2007. Phillips had success in the regular season for the most part during his time as head coach, but it just seemed like as coaches before him that the Cowboys just could not get over the hump. In 2007 Phillips coached the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and they won the NFC East and earned home field in the playoffs. But in their first playoff game the NY Giants beat the Cowboys on their way to their own Super Bowl Championship. In his almost four seasons as the Cowboys head coach Phillips brought the Cowboys to the playoffs in two of the seasons and even won a playoff game for the first time since 1996. The quality of the team was still lacking something, but Jerry Jones did draft players like Anthony Spencer, Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, Dez Bryant and Sean Lee. Jones also drafted some players that just never worked out like Jason Williams, Brandon Williams, James Marten, Deon Anderson, Martellus Bennett,  Robert Brewster and Sam Young. In 2008 Jerry Jones made the decision to trade for Lions wide receiver Roy Williams. Jones was questioned on what he gave up to bring Williams to the Cowboys. Jones gave up the Cowboys 1st, 3rd and 6th round picks in 2009 as well as a 7th round pick in 2010.

The bottom fell out for Wade Phillips in 2010 when the Cowboys started 1-7. Jerry Jones fired Phillips and promoted Jason Garrett to head coach for the rest of the 2010 season and then of course Garrett became the official head coach heading into the 2011 season. The jury is still out on Garrett and Jones first draft when Jones selected Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter and DeMarco Murray. These players seem to have a lot of upside, but only time will tell just how good they will be in the NFL.

What it really comes down to is that the numbers show that the Cowboys were more competitive when a true football person was in charge of the personnel. Just look at the list of players that have been a part of the Cowboys when they were competitive compared to when they were not. It all pretty much speaks for itself. Add in the trades that worked compared to those that did not. I’m not saying that Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells never drafted players that never worked out or made some bad trades. No organization is 100% perfect in building a team. The decisions made with an organization need to end up more positive than negative during the building process. They also need to be that way once a team is competitive and trying to stay that way. Teams that have football people running the show have shown they have more success than those teams that don’t have football people in charge.

As much as I hate using the NY Giants as an example that is what I’m going to do. George Young was the Giants GM from 1979 to 1997 and he built a powerhouse in the 1980’s and into the 90’s as the team won two Super Bowls and were competitive many other seasons. He brought in quality players like Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Morris and Carl Banks. He was also responsible for selecting Bill Parcells as the Giants head coach in 1983. After Young stepped down the Giants made Ernie Accorsi there GM in 1998. Accorsi brought in players like Osi Umenyiora, Chris Snee, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka and Brandon Jacobs. He also pulled off the trade with San Diego to bring Eli Manning to the Giants. Under Accorsi the Giants won two division titles and made the playoffs four times. They also advanced to Super Bowl XXXV in 2000, but lost to the Ravens. After Accorsi stepped down the Giants moved onto Jerry Reese in 2007. Reese is responsible for players like Ahmad Bradshaw, Hakeem Nicks, Aaron Ross, Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul. The Giants are also on the verge of their second Super Bowl championship since 2007. These are true football people who know what they are doing. They know how to build competitive teams that have opportunities to fight for a championship. Are their decisions 100% positive all the time? Of course not, but they are right more times than they are wrong and that is what gives them the chance to win.

When it comes to Jerry Jones he has proven time and time again that he just does not have what it takes to be a GM in the NFL. He needs to step aside and allow a true football person to take over and build the Cowboys the right way. Jones has done some good things as the owner and GM, He wants to win more than anyone and his passion for the Cowboys shows that, but it’s just not enough when trying to build a championship team. It’s true that Jones has made some good decisions over the years and has brought in some quality players, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. The Cowboys fans deserve to be proud of their team once again and to watch them fight for more championships. The only way that is going to happen is if the organization (Jerry Jones) decides to go in the right direction and hires a true football person to get the job done the right way.


Jones Was Right: Cowboys Should NOT Focus On Drafting A QB

Hello fellow Dallas Cowboys fans. Before I begin my first post I would just like to introduce myself. My name is Greg Pomes. I’m a Cowboys fan from New York City. I’ve been a Cowboys fan since I was seven or eight years old. My favorite all time Cowboys are Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. I’m looking forward to communicating with everyone about our favorite football team!

There has been a lot of talk since the Cowboys once again collapsed and missed out on the playoffs. It’s tough being here in New York seeing the city fawn over the New York Giants, the same team that eliminated my beloved Cowboys from the playoffs yet again.  I think we are all in agreement that there needs to be some serious changes if this franchise is ever going to be the proud franchise it once was. There’s no question about it that we need to revamp our defense. The secondary or complete lack of a secondary is the reason why we lost that final game against the Cowboys.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism over Jerry Jones not actively seeking out a quarterback in this year’s upcoming draft. I rarely ever agree with Jerry Jones and that’s for good reason, however on this stance he’s completely right. Jones said:

“”We’ve got a lot of work to do with our personnel. “The good news is that we’re not starting out at quarterback. We’ve got a competitor there and we’ve got a lot of good skill people around him.”

Tony Romo has been a good quarterback. Is he in the same class as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and yes Eli Manning? I don’t think so but not every good quarterback has to be an elite quarterback. Romo this year had better stats than Eli Manning yet Eli is the quarterback going to the Super Bowl while Romo will be watching it. Eli also has a very good defense around him.

Romo became a different player before our very eyes this past season. Gone was the smiling and shrugging when he made a stupid mistake which was rare this season. Gone was that gunslinger mentality that we’ve seen for most of his career. He took a beating this season with those cracked ribs and that bruised hand at the end of the season but he got back up and led this team to victories.

What we need Jerry Jones to focus on in this year’s draft is improving the offensive line, the pass rush and the secondary. The Cowboys need defensive backs that can make tackles, not chase guys into the red zone. The Cowboys need a pass rush that is not going to give the opposing quarterback all day to throw. The offensive line needs improving after using inexperienced guys on the line that caused Romo to be sacked 36 times and resulted in the injuries that I mentioned earlier.

I’m aware that we cannot go into the new season with McGee as Romo’s backup. There are some good free agent quarterback’s on the market that would serve as an adequate backup. I would like Matt Flynn but he would command too much money. Vince Young is too much of a head case and we certainly don’t need any more of those on this team.

I’m sure there will be many things that Jerry Jones will be wrong about in the months to come but this is not one of them.

Cowboys Need More Players Who HATE To Lose

Most of the time I hardly agree with anything JJT has to say, but I must say he is spot on with this post in which he calls into questions the Cowboys’ inability to come through in the clutch.

Jason Garrett can fix the Cowboys. First, though, he must stop lying to himself. He can add a pass-rusher from the draft, or a guard and a cornerback in free agency – and it still won’t matter.  Garrett needs a comprehensive study of why his team keeps collapsing every time the season turns to December and the games become more important.

It’s not a fluke. Or a coincidence. There’s something wrong with this team’s intangibles, and if Garrett keeps running from the truth instead of addressing it, then the problem is never going to go away.  Garrett likes to explain away the end-of-the-season collapses by saying each team is different.  Sometimes, he’ll just refer to it as a lack of execution. If that’s the case, then the players either aren’t good enough or smart enough.

Or tough enough… Something I’ve alluded to very often over the years. They just don’t know how to ramp it up and more often then not they piss their pants at the first sign of trouble. It’s a terrible thing to say about any team, but with the Cowboys it’s true. They wilt under pressure.

Jason Garrett has to deal with this and confront this issue head on…

They can’t continue to fall apart every year when it matters the most, it’s freaking embarrassing…

Since 2007, they’ve entered the final month of the season at least three games over .500 four times and they’ve made the playoffs only once… They have mastered the art of choking.

Jason Garrett has either been the offensive coordinator or head coach on each of those teams, so he gets no free passes from me and he gets the lion’s share of the responsibility for why his team suffers from a lack of focus, intensity and execution when it matters the most.

There’s a lot that needs fixing on this team ranging from offense to special teams and to defense. But what it needs to fix the most is their heads. Most of our players need a good chewing out and a nice ass-kicking.

We need players that love to play but HATE TO LOSE!

We need players that make big plays and not make big excuses.

I’m sick of this crap and you should be too….

Dez Bryant Detained After Nightclub Scuffle


According to WFAA-TV, Bryant was detained by police after a Sunday night fight at a Miami nightclub.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that Bryant was not arrested or charged.

Original Post 10:00 AM

Robert Littal of is reporting that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has possibly been arrested.

A source informed Littal that Bryant was involved in a physical altercation at a Club last night and that he was possibly incarcerated.

If true, this wouldn’t be Bryant’s first scuffle with the law. The Cowboys’ talented young receiver has frequent bouts with immaturity and making the wrong decisions.

A couple of weeks ago the Cowboys expressed concerns about Bryant.

“We’ve obviously sat down with him on numerous occasions to give any advice we can,” Stephen Jones said on Sirius/XM radio. “Hopefully he’ll be able to correct those things so it doesn’t affect what he can accomplish on the field. If you don’t clean those things up, they tend to affect your career. He understands that.”

Details are still sketchy, but I’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

2011 Dallas Cowboys Player Analysis: Offense


Tony Romo:
With 6 seasons starting under his belt, Romo enters the 2012 season at age 32 as a mature passer with great pocket presence and awareness. With an upgrade at the interior of the offensive line, Romo should have another great statistical year. Will he have a Super Bowl winning year? We’ll see…

Stephen McGee:
McGee enters a contract year where he hasn’t had much of a chance to show he is a capable backup to Romo, besides preseason and 3 games in which he’s had mixed reviews. The team could choose to draft competition at the backup spot or try to acquire a veteran to compete with him this off season. Eventually, the team will have to get serious about the QB position and draft a future replacement for Romo, since I doubt McGee is that guy.

Running Back

Demarco Murray:
2011’s third round pick exploded in week 7 against St.Louis, when given the starting nod because of a Felix Jones injury, and never looked back. Demarco would have two more 100+ yard games before going down for the season with a fractured ankle in week 14 against the Giants. The Cowboys seem to have found their workhorse back in Murray, as he figures to be the starter in 2012.

Felix Jones:
Felix missed a quarter of the season due to injury, something that has plagued him during his 4 year Cowboy career. (missed 16 games total) His amazing speed and fluid cuts keep fans hoping he can finally beat the injury bug and be the change of pace back Jerry was hoping for when he was drafted in the first round in 2008. 2012 is the last year on his rookie deal, so he has a lot to prove if he hopes to be rewarded with a second contract.

Phillip Tanner, Chauncey Washington, Sammy Morris:
The contract details of all three backs are undisclosed, but good money says Washington and Tanner will be in the mix again next season for the number three back role. Morris was more of an experienced fill-in for 2011.


Tony Fiammetta:
Tony and Laurent Robinson were our free agent gems this year. The running game suffered immensely when Fiammetta was out due to injury and illness. His history (missed 14 games in 3 years) suggests we should not overlook the possibility of upgrading this position, however if he can find a way to remain on the field, we might have our best true fullback since “Moose” Johnson. Demarco Murray called him “the best fullback in the league”.

Shaun Chapas:
For whatever reason, Chapas  didn’t find his way on to the roster until week 13 and was inactive by week 16. He was clearly not ready for game action this year, but the 2011 7th round pick figures to get another shot in training camp in 2012.

Tight End

Jason Witten:
The consummate professional…If this team had 52 other Jason Witten’s we’d win the Super Bowl every year. I just hope age doesn’t catch up to him before this team is ready to compete for one. He remains the starter for 2012 and beyond.

Martellus Bennett:
The exact opposite of what Jason Witten is and stands for. Although, improved all-around in the second half of the season, Martellus is by all accounts a disappointment considering what was given up to get him in the second round in 2008. If you are looking for a very good blocking tight end, Marty B is your guy, but that blocking comes with a price. His hands are as inconsistent as they come as well as his behavior. He has God-given athleticism and talent, but just doesn’t have the maturity or sense enough to put it to good use. His contract is up and he is a goner.

John Phillips:
Hand picked by tight ends coach, John Garrett in 2009, Phillips has shown promise as a solid backup tight end. Injuries have slowed him down, but he should be the primary backup to Witten in 2012. I would expect the Cowboys to draft or sign a street free agent 3rd tight end to the active roster as well.

Wide Reciever

Miles Austin:
Miles had an injury plagued year and statistically did not measure up to his high expectations. His numerous drops were a problem as well. The hope is that he can remain healthy during 2012 with a full off-season working with new strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik. He needs to get back to his fundamentals again too. Watching the ball into his hands would be a start.

Dez Bryant:
Some people would say he had a disappointing year, others would say he improved as the year went on. I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Dez often disappeared in games, leaving fans wondering why the 2010 first round pick couldn’t get the ball and make something happen with his amazing athletic ability. 928 yards receiving and 9 TDs is nothing to get overly worried about and his third season should be his break-out year proving why Jerry took a gamble on drafting a player many thought too risky to chance.

Laurent Robinson:
Robinson was arguably the most pleasant surprise of 2011. Leading the team in touchdowns at 11, Laurent became the go-to guy for Tony Romo earning his trust as the season went on. Laurent is now a free-agent and has probably caught the eye of more than just the Dallas brass. It will be interesting to see what the market will be for him. Hopefully he can agree to a deal with Dallas and be the solid #3 and insurance for this promising young WR core.

Kevin Ogletree:
He showed promise early on in his career and was given every opportunity (probably too much) to show something and just never did. I don’t know what it is with this guy, but I guess some want it and some don’t. He obviously doesn’t want it and I would not expect him to ever wear the star again.

Jesse Holley:
Besides the long 77 yard reception against the 49ers in week two, Jesse really didn’t contribute much to the offense in 2011. His special teams play was consistent, which is where his real value is. The thing that stood out to me this year about Holley is his constant pushing and shoving after the play, causing unsportsmanlike-like penalties. I like that he stands up for his team-mates, but he has to know when enough is enough. I don’t know for sure that he’ll be back in 2012 since is a free agent, but I’d bet he’ll at least be in camp again.

Dwayne Harris, Andre Holmes, Teddy Williams and Raymond Radway:
These are the J.A.G.s (just a guy) I would expect they would all be in camp, but none are guaranteed a roster spot. Whomever emerges from this group needs to be a solid special teams player.

Offensive Tackle

Tyron Smith:
I’ll be the first to admit, I was completely wrong in saying we should have traded down and gathered more picks while drafting another OT such as Anthony Costonzo or Gabe Carimi. Dead wrong. This is why the scouts make the big bucks, and I drive a Toyota. Tyron has been excellent this year, surpassing anyone’s expectations and proving he will be the future at left tackle, although spending the season getting his feet wet on the right side.

Doug Free:
Free took a major step backwards in 2011. Getting burned by even average pass-rushers. Rumor has it that Free played with a bad back and should be back to form in 2012. Regardless, with Tyron’s play this year, the two are expected to switch sides. Free should be a starter once again, only this time, back on the right side, in 2012.

Jermey Parnell:
I’m not sure anyone knows what we have in this guy. He has cool hair and used to play tight end. That’s about all I can gather. Sorry for the lack of info, there just isn’t any out there. I would expect some competition for the swing-tackle job this year.

Offensive Guard

Kyle Kosier:
Kyle will be 34 in November and is coming off another injury plagued year, although sticking it out for all 16 games. His plantar fasciitis was an issue all year and he tore his MCL in the last game. It should be noted that Kyle again was responsible for the audibles on the oline after both Gurode and Costa proved incapable of handling such task. Kyle has another two years left on the deal he signed this past July, although the $2.1 million signing bonus money is already paid, making it possible to drop him without a major CAP hit. I would expect his position will be replaced either in free-agency or the draft.

Montrae Holland:
Montrae looked decent when he finally got in shape and signed after the season had already begun, although he tore his bicep in week 16 vs. Philadelphia. I think Montrae would be good insurance for a starter, but I would not want him starting again in 2012. An upgrade is needed here. Holland will be a free agent in 2012 and I would not expect Dallas to shell out good money to him again unless it is after the season has started and it’s not guaranteed.

Derrick Dockery:
Derrick was signed after being a long time starter in Washington. Dockery showed he can be counted on in spot duty, but is no longer a 16 game starter. Like Holland, Derrick is a free-agent in 2012 and I would expect Dallas to not shell out good money to him until after the season starts, again, when it’s not guaranteed.

Bill Nagy:
The former Wisconsin center switched to guard after being drafted (hurt) in the seventh round in 2011. He surprisingly beat out fellow draft pick David Arkin and veteran Montrae Holland in camp and earned the starting left guard position. His season was cut short after starting just four games due to a broken ankle. Nagy was physically over-matched during his brief time against NFL quality linemen. He should benefit from a strong off-season conditioning program and compete for one of the starting spots along the interior of the 2012 oline.

David Arkin:
We heard how gifted this guy was after the draft, despite no one ever hearing his name mentioned once during the very vocal draft season. Somehow, this very gifted guard went from promising to not NFL ready by the start of the season. Arkin was never active on game-day, but the coaches either see something in him that no other team did or are not ready to admit their mistake yet. His future is very cloudy. Hopefully this training camp will provide a clue as to what exactly David Arkin is.


Phil Costa:
Costa is a second year pro who earned the starting center job after Andre Gurode was among those in the final cuts. He struggled mightily during the season in just about every way imaginable. (false starts, high snaps, not knowing the snap count, physically over-matched, etc.) I would expect him to compete for a job on the interior of the line again this year, but a starting job is not guaranteed. Costa needs some serious time in the weight room and studying film as well if he expects to be starting at this level again.

Kevin Kowalski:
Kevin was active in eleven games this season and was used mainly as insurance at center, playing well in place of Costa. (particularly a run play where he pulled, ran past left tackle and blocked for a Felix Jones first down at the end of the season) I would put him right along the same lines as Costa, although Kowalski is just a rookie, so in theory that puts him ahead of schedule. Kevin needs a strong off-season in the weight room and should be able to compete for a job along the line in 2012.

Victor Butler: A rising star in Dallas

When it came time for the Cowboys to make their selection in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft they choose defensive end Victor Butler out of Oregon State. Thoughts were to convert Victor Butler to outside linebacker in the Cowboys 3-4 defense. Three years after being drafted Butler has made a successful transition to outside linebacker and also contributes to the Cowboys special teams.

Victor Butler was born on July 29, 1987 in Rialto, CA. His father Sylvester, a truck driver and mother Janis, a social worker had their hands full with eight children. Victor is the fourth child out of the eight. He attended Eisenhower High School where he was a three-year letterman as a receiver, safety, defensive end and kick returner. He played defensive end only as a senior due to team needs and was two-time all-league and all-county as a senior. Butler graduated from Eisenhower high school with a 3.50 cumulative GPA and was a regular on the school’s honor roll.

After high school Victor Butler attended Oregon State. As a junior in 2007 Butler compiled 10.5 sacks for the Beavers at defensive end.  In his senior season of 2008 he totaled 12 sacks. He earned MVP honors in the Sun Bowl as he registered four sacks and 11 tackles, which included five tackles for a loss and a forced fumble as Oregon State defeated 18th ranked Pittsburgh.

In Victor Butler’s collegiate career at Oregon State he totaled 26 sacks and 110 tackles, which included 39.5 tackles for losses.

While playing outside linebacker for the Cowboys as a rookie in 2009 Victor Butler registered his first career pro sacks. In a game against the Carolina Panthers he took down quarterback Jake Delhomme twice as the Cowboys beat the Panthers 21-7. On Butler’s second sack of Delhomme he also forced his first career fumble. Butler finished 2009 with three sacks and 17 tackles. His three sacks were the most amongst Cowboys rookies in 2009 and also fifth most on the team. Butler played in all 16 games in 2009 while starting one for the Cowboys.

In 2010 Butler totaled 24 tackles and two sacks for the Cowboys while also forcing a fumble and pressuring the quarterback four times in his 15 games.

In 2011 Butler contributed 23 tackles and three sacks for the Cowboys in new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s defense. His first sack came in the Cowboys 18-16 victory over the Redskins in the Cowboys season home opener on Monday Night Football. His second sack came against the Redskins in their second matchup in Washington. It was Butler who sacked Rex Grossman in overtime on third down as the Redskins were in Cowboys territory. The sack forced the Redskins to attempt a 52 yard field, which of course they missed. His third sack came on Thanksgiving against the Dolphins on third down. The sack forced the Dolphins to attempt a field goal which they also missed. In the first meeting against the Giants it was Butler who tipped a pass by Eli Manning which resulted in an interception by Sean Lee late in the game.

I recently had the opportunity to ask Victor Butler a few questions and he was nice enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer them for me. 

– What were your thoughts when you were drafted by the Cowboys in 2009?

Victor Butler: I was so excited. I had been a Cowboys fan my whole life. I had a little kid Dallas Cowboys uniform from a Halloween contest I wore for a while. All Cowboys, Cowboys underwear, Cowboys socks, Cowboys boots, sleeping bag, toothbrush, Troy Aikman lunch pale, so I was excited to be on board with Cowboy Nation.

– Were you a Cowboys fan growing up?

Victor Butler: Oh yeah, I was a mega Cowboys fan. I played Cowboys and Indians and ate Troy Aikman Wheaties. Just everything Cowboys.

– What kind of feeling is it wearing the star on your helmet?

Victor Butler: It’s a tremendous feeling of pride.

– Was it hard going from defensive end in college to linebacker in the NFL?

Victor Butler: It was very hard, but I worked very hard to make it look easy.

– Who would you say has helped you the most in your three years with the Cowboys?

Victor Butler: Captain Planet, just really watching a lot of Captain Planet, ha I’m just joking. DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer taught me how to be pros and the whole different way of watching the game, watching the films, prioritizing my time, getting a schedule and sticking to it. Whether it’s a diet or what I’m doing from time after practice to when I go to sleep. And Bradie James too, really all the veteran linebackers.

– How is Rob Ryan’s defense different for you compared to Wade Phillips defense?

Victor Butler: Rob Ryan’s defense is a player friendly defense. Lot of moving around, lots of moving pieces, kinda incorporates everyone as far as if you’re a 1st round pick to a 4th round. If you can help the team and be a productive member on the field on defense then you will have a part in his defense. Makes everyone feel like they are part of something bigger.

– You have developed a large following among the Cowboys fans. How does it make you feel knowing so many fans are out there talking about you and wearing #57?

Victor Butler: Is great! Dallas is one of the most recognizable organizations after Manchester United and the NY Yankees, so to have a great following and a great group of fans follow you and respect what you do and like how you’re performing. It’s a great feeling.

– What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Victor Butler: Watch film, a lot of film, I like to be one step ahead of the opponent.  I also like cartoons and I’m a big movie buff.


My own thoughts about Victor Butler are that he needs to be a bigger part of the Cowboys defense. It seems as though every time he is on the field he is around the ball and is making something happen. I love his motor on the field and how he is always causing problems for the opposing team. The Cowboys defense can only benefit with Victor Butler becoming a bigger part of their game plans

I would like to thank Victor Butler for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions. I wish him continued success in the NFL as a Dallas Cowboy.

Welcome to my fantasy world!

Since all Cowboys fans know that not much is going to change as long as Jerry Jones is in charge I thought I would jump in and play GM just like Jerry does. I won’t pretend that I understand the salary cap or anything that goes along with it. I’m just giving my opinion on some things and of course having some fun. I understand that it’s probably about 99% fantasy, but hey, I can dream right?

So watch your step as you enter my fantasy world…

Jerry Jones decides to be just the owner of the Cowboys and hires Bill Polian to be the Cowboys new General Manager.

Bill Polian decides to keep Jason Garrett as Head Coach and also brings back Tony Sparano to be the Cowboys offensive coordinator. Rob Ryan does not get offered a Head Coaching job and stays on as the Cowboys defensive coordinator. Dave Campo does not get offered a new contract and is finally removed from the coaching staff. 

Bill Polian lets the following Cowboys free agents leave…

Martellus Bennett

Matt McBriar

Alan Ball

Keith Brooking

Bradie James

Anthony Spencer

Bill Polian cuts the following players that are still under contract…

David Buehler

Terence Newman

Orlando Scandrick

Kyle Kosier

Marcus Spears

Gerald Sensabaugh

Bill Polian makes it a point to sign these Cowboys free agents…

Laurent Robinson

Montrae Holland

Abe Elam 

Tony Fiammetta

The team then decides to move Tyron Smith to left tackle and Doug Free to right tackle. It is also decided to move Jay Ratliff to defensive end. 

Bill Polian jumps into free agency and makes the following signings…

Cortland Finnegan from Tennessee replaces Terence Newman

Michael Griffin from Tennessee replaces Gerald Sensabaugh

Carl Nicks from New Orleans replaces Kyle Kosier

Paul Soliai from Miami replaces Jay Ratliff at nose tackle

Bill Polian then works out a trade that sends Tony Romo and Felix Jones to Miami for Miami’s 1st Rd. draft pick (8th overall).


On draft day as the Buccaneers are ready to make their selection with the #5 pick the Cowboys work out a trade and give the Buccaneers the 8th pick they received from Miami as well their own 14th pick in the first round. The Cowboys jump ahead of Washington who has the #6 pick and select quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3) from Baylor.

Here are some of the replacements for key players who were let go…

Chris Jones replaces Matt McBriar

Bruce Carter replaces Bradie James

Victor Butler replaces Anthony Spencer


Here are your 2012 Cowboys. Not including some backups of course…


Running backs…DeMarco Murray, Phillip Tanner, Chauncey Washington and Tony Fiammetta

Offensive line…Tyron Smith, Montrae Holland, Phil Costa, Carl Nicks and Doug Free

Wide receivers…Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Laurent Robinson

Tight ends…Jason Witten and John Phillips

Defensive line…Jay Ratliff, Paul Soliai and Jason Hatcher

Linebackers…Victor Butler, Bruce Carter, Sean Lee, DeMarcus Ware

Safeties…Abe Elam and Michael Griffin

Cornerbacks…Cortland Finnegan and Mike Jenkins

Kicker…Dan Bailey


Thank you for entering my fantasy world today.

I hope you enjoyed the ride!



Another Cowboys season ends in disappointment

I can’t say I was surprised at what happened against the Giants in the final game of the season. The Cowboys have been inconsistent all season long. Why would I believe things would be different in the final game, which is what I wrote about last week? I won’t even get into the specifics of the game other than to say once again this team could not play four quarters, which has been the case in just about every game this season. It’s also been the case going back to 2008. The offense has no consistency and the defense does not respond when needed. Every September Cowboys fans, me included believe it could be a special season, but are then disappointed in the end. Maybe it’s time to see the Cowboys for who they are. An average 8-8 third place football team who are blinded by the star on their helmets. This team has almost the same core of players for the last few seasons and the problems remain the same. So where should blame be placed? Coaches? Players? Owners? I guess the answer is yes for all three, but more of the blame needs to go to Jerry Jones who is the one making all the decisions on the players that are selected in the draft as well as which free agents should be signed.

I read articles that the Cowboys are loaded with talent. Where? Sure they have a few talented players, but so do the Cleveland Browns. The problems start at the top with Jerry Jones who evaluates these players. He also makes head scratching decisions like giving a new six year contract to players like Orlando Scandrick who just can’t cover anyone. Jerry Jones is not a GM, but he loves to act like one just like those who play fantasy football and pretend they are really running a team. He truly believes that he is an outstanding evaluator of talent. Outside of players like Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware this Cowboys team is average at best. The jury is still out on players like Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray and Dan Bailey after having one good season. Players like Tony Romo, Phil Costa, Doug Free, Felix Jones, Miles Austin, Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher, Kenyon Coleman, Marcus Spears, Bradie James, Terence Newman, Gerald Sensabaugh, Orlando Scandrick and many more are just average football players. I understand that teams cannot have super stars at every position, but it also comes down to coaching players the right way and getting the most out of them. Then it’s up to the players to execute out on the field.

This current Cowboys defense looked confused and out of position countless times in 2011. Is it that they are all just average coaches and players and are playing at an average level? Look back at the 1992 Cowboys. How many great players outside of Charles Haley played on that defense? They were a collection of average players who were coached the right way and got the most out of them. They were then held accountable for their play and went out and executed on the field at a high level. I guess what I’m saying is that everyone needs to be blamed from Jerry Jones down to the players.

It’s been the same excuses every season since losing to the Giants in the 2007 playoffs. The Cowboys will learn from the losses. They will get better. They will come back stronger.  It makes me roll my eyes and shake my head every time I hear it. When? When?

Average players play average when they are coached by average coaches. It can be suggested to bring in coaches like Steve Spagnuolo to coach the defense and Norv Turner to be the offensive coordinator, but it still comes down to having average players who do not execute on the field. Since the player evaluator (Jones) is not going anywhere I don’t see things getting any better for the Cowboys.  Adding to all the problems for the Cowboys is that come next season they have games with teams like the Steelers, Ravens, Saints and Falcons; I don’t see many wins in the Cowboys future until things start to change from the top down and we all know that is not going to happen. Jerry Jones is running this team and for him to give up power to a real general manager will be admitting he could not do the job and I just don’t see him doing that.

What else can I say? I have all these thoughts rushing around my head and sometimes they just don’t translate while typing. What it comes down to is that I’m tired of every season being disappointed by this team and I’m tired of the excuses. It’s going to be a long offseason and if things don’t change I don’t see much of difference come the start of the 2012 season or any season after that.



Get Your Game Faces On!

Well here we go Cowboys fans…

This is where the rubber meets the road…

It’s do or die…

Tomorrow by this time we’ll either be home licking our wounds or shouting “Go Cowboys” from our rooftops.

Here’s to a big win against the Giants tonight…

It will be Tony Romo’s opportunity to squash all the rumors that he doesn’t have what it takes to win a big game.

Get your game faces on…

It’s the Moment of Truth!